I finished up another mug rug but if I had been thinking I should have made it a 12 inch square so I could put it on the new table stand that I showed you here. I used my Sizzix Big Shot and the Starburst die I just bought from the Sizzix Outlet Store and Elegant Flourishes that I have had. If you have a Big Shot be sure to check out the Outlet Store as you can sometimes get dies for as much as 80% off.
The Sizzix Big Shot uses 2 acrylic pads - 1 goes under your die, the other goes on top of your die and fabric.
For the Starburst die I cut my Heat & Bond Lite about 5 inches wide and then fused it to my fabric. I like to cut with the fabric face down so that the last thing cut is the paper backing.
It is too bad that this die has a little clip that gets cut out as this would be neat to use inverted.
Next I cut my Elegant Flourishes but I only wanted one part so I cut my fabric/Heat & Bond Lite just a little bigger than the flourish.
I cut 2 at a time with the fused backing on one piece facing down and on the other facing up so that I got reversed designs. I could have cut all 4 at once but at the time I wasn't sure what I wanted to design.
The flourishes are very small and delicate.
I laid my die cut pieces on the fabric for my mug rug and then ironed them in place. I decided to do my free-motion appliqueing again. I forgot to mention that I cut the designs out of Batik fabric. I finally put a new needle in my sewing machine..............I push them to the limit...........and a nice sharp needle is important with batiks.
My picture of the front turned out fuzzy but here is a picture of the back. Instead of using stabilizer or paper I just used my piece of Warm & Natural batting. Notice that the batting is 3 different pieces? I love making small things and using up my batting scraps. I just zig-zag them together.
Then I added the backing to it and did a small stipple quilting using a taupe Bottom Line thread.
My mini quilt/mug rug measures 8 x 10 inches. I like this size of mug rug because I can cut 1 - 2.5 inch strip of binding and it will fit around the piece. I used a 1/4 inch stitch and sewed it to the front, then folded it to the back and stitched-in-the-ditch on the front.
I have had a lot of people asking about the Big Shot versus the GO! Baby and I can only say that I like both. The applique designs from Sizzix are smaller and more detailed as most are designed for paper. Geometric quilting shapes - I prefer AccuQuilts as the corners are dog-eared which makes it much easier to piece. If you have any questions just ask. Do you have a Sizzix Cutting Machine?